Do you know what seems like it should be a lot of work, but is actually crazy super simple? French toast. French toast seems all kinds of decadent and delicious. It seems like it should take a lot of work. Because delicious breakfast things often take a whole lot of time and patience (I’m looking at you cinnamon rolls) but french toast? French toast is as easy to make as pancakes. Which is to say, very, very easy.
French toast is just bread dipped in a simple batter and then fried in some vegan margarine or vegetable oil. If you have flour, non-dairy milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup in your house (which if you are a Canadian you really should have these things) then you can easily whip up a batch of french toast. It’s also an easy to modify recipe, french toast for one, for two, for ten! You can do it all, look impressive and not break a sweat.
You can actually see the little flecks of cinnamon and nutmeg in that close up. Yum! I don’t tend to make anything else when I make french toast. Because french toast is really a meal unto itself. It doesn’t need anything but a healthy dollop of maple syrup. Now, note that I say maple syrup. Some gloopy, fake syrup will just not do. Not in my house. In my house we use real syrup and real vanilla. End of discussion. Because artificial vanilla tastes like chemicals and fake syrup tastes like tooth rot. Go real or go home! I’m serious about my breakfast foods.
So if you have a nice leisurely day off, you can whip yourself up a batch. Or, even better, if you want to put yourself in a very good mood before work, then throw the ingredients together and make everybody you work with jealous. They can have their cold cereal and toast. We’ll be eating crisp and sticky, light and fluffy french toast. On a monday!
(this recipe makes about twelve pieces, so adjust according to how much you want to make)
1 loaf of bread (sourdough, thick french bread all work well)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups soy milk
3 tbl pure maple syrup
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbl ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
canola oil for the pan
In a large bowl mix together the flour, soy milk, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt
Heat oil in a skillet
Submerge pieces of bread one at a time in the batter and then place in the pan, flipping until each side is brown and crisp
Serve with pure maple syrup!